How a time machine concept aids dementia care

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Abstract

Mackenzie L et al (2015) How a time machine concept aids dementia care. Nursing Times; 111: 17, 18–19

People with Alzheimer's disease may be able to recall events from their past clearly yet unable to remember events from minutes or hours ago. They often hold outdated beliefs about themselves, which can trigger challenging behaviour. This article explains how the simple analogy of the “time machine” can help staff in all settings to understand belief systems in dementia.

A “time machine” analogy is a useful way of understanding memory problems in people with dementia, better enabling health professionals to make appropriate interventions

In this article…

> How memory is lost in dementia

> Applying the “time machine” concept

> When therapeutic lying should be used

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